Which One Of These Bonsai Types Is Perfect For You?

Which One Of These Bonsai Types Is Perfect For You?
by Lee Dobbins

It is useful to know that the word “bonsai” is pronounced “bone-sigh”, with “bon” being translated as “tray” and “sai” as tree. A wide range of bonsai types are available and it is important to know that they get better with age!

Bonsai trees all have distinct styles such as informal upright, formal upright, cascade, semi-cascade, literati and raft. Also, they vary in size, ranging from miniature small and medium to average (they can either be small fruit or small flowered). There are still two key types – outdoor or indoor. Regardless, learning about either type will help you maintain healthy happy trees for years to come.

The tropical and sub tropical trees are the easiest bonsais to grow indoors and require to be cared for only as much as any house plant. It will be a good idea for absolute beginners to choose one of these for a bonsai, as it will give a good result with less effort. They respond best if they get the morning sun and afternoon shade. Some trees survive the sun all day ,but it is best to know and carefully watch how your bonsai is growing in its location. The bonsai can be moved outdoors in late spring bordering on summer but should be brought back indoors when temperatures drop below 55 degrees.

There are many trees which can be trained into artistic looking bonsais, for a beginner some of the suitable bonsai types include baby jade, Hawaiian umbrella and ficus. Some indoor bonsai trees are serissa, sago palms, fukein tea aralias, brush cherry, money tree, schefflera gardenias, bougainvillia and elms. These too can be adapted to homes. The out door variety of bonsai trees have two species, these are evergreen trees and deciduous trees. Some names in the former category are pine and junipers . Elms maples and ginko are thePlant Stuff deciduous types.

Evergreen bonsai trees are especially nice because they keep their leaves or needles throughout the year. Azaleas, boxwoods, juniper, and most pines fall into this category. Both beautiful and trainable, the juniper is a very popular bonsai tree variety. A healthy evergreen bonsai will go through a dormant period every year. There’s no need to worry if you see a yellowish tinge or a dull green on the leaves or needles, it’s just the evergreen bonsai during its rest cycle.

Deciduous trees are those trees which lose their leaves in the fall or go into the dormant stage and start re-budding in the spring. They are not suitable for growing as indoors bonsais since they go dormant in winter. These have to be placed carefully in a shed garage or near a cool window sill during winter. It is best not to let them have too much sunlight and water during these months. Fertilizers should be given every few weeks. Bonsais have different varieties such as larch, apricot, hornbeam, ginko, maple, crabapple and elm species. Japenese maple is the most challenging of all the outdoor trees. They have their foliage changing color in spring and the fall, and the colors range from yellow to orange to a beautiful deep red.

All of the outdoor bonsai types should be managed with the utmost care and attention, particularly during the winter season. Ensure they receive adequate protection. Youll have all sorts of outdoor types to choose from, such as the Chinese fringe flower, Chinese elm, Japanese juniper, Japanese red maple, blue moss, cypress star, cypress, and soft touch holly. Bonsai trees are gorgeous miniature trees with a sophistication and work of art all of their own.

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